fatalism fatalism  /ˈfeɪ tə ˌlɪ zəm/


  1. (n) a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
  2. (n) a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them

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  1. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, had enough of the juice of life to disguise this sophomoric fatalism.
  2. He has so little furtive pleasure to gain, and so much reputation to put at risk, that his dalliance has the lurid fatalism of a soap opera.
  3. He condensed, combined and reshuffled the stanzas, dropping what did not suit him and pumping in generous transfusions of his own sentimental, post-Darwin fatalism.


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    Award winning NYU Tisch film The Sheol Express, which explores both faith and fatalism in a fantastical train ride, has just been released by Bitter River Film & Media on the iTunes store: http://bit.ly/17jJYHG . (PRWeb June 20, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10845695.htm
    on June 20, 2013     Source: PRWeb

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  1. "Some argue that the spread of these weapons cannot be stopped," Obama said. "Such fatalism is a deadly adversary. If we believe that, then we are admitting that the use of nuclear weapons is inevitable."
    on Apr 5, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN International

  2. "There are many reasons history will judge George W. Bush harshly," Clinton said at one point. "But among the top two is how he has used fear to divide us. The other is because we have been infected by a sense of fatalism."
    on Jan 4, 2008 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Forbes

  3. "I applaud the president for rejecting the fatalism of failure and pursuing a new course to achieve success in Iraq," Lieberman said.
    on Jan 10, 2007 By: Joe Lieberman Source: USA Today

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